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Persian: keef, qeef, keep, chap-, cheft

Discussion in 'Etymology, History of languages and Linguistics (EHL)' started by Treaty, Jul 5, 2013.

  1. Treaty Senior Member

    Australia
    Persian
    Hi,

    Here are a number of words in Persian:
    کیف keef = bag
    کیپ keep = airtight, tight (this word is really non-Persian looking!)
    قیف qeef = funnel
    چپـ chap- = jam in
    چفت cheft = tight, locked (prob. the past/participle form of chap-)
    Also Turkish kap = jam in (courtesy of Ancalimon)

    Is there any connection between them?

    Thanks.
     
  2. ancalimon Senior Member

    Istanbul
    Turkish
    Proto-Turkic
    *Kāp : sack, to surround.
    *Kāp : caul, virgin's hymen, scrotum
    *Kāpuk : bark, shell

    Turkish:
    kapa: to close
    kapı: door
    kapsa (<kawsa) : to contain, to cover
    kapan (<kapuq): trap, snare
    kaplumbağa : turtle (it comes from kaplu baka : the frog with a cup ~ shell)
     
  3. Treaty Senior Member

    Australia
    Persian
    Thanks,

    I've forgotten there is another word in Persian qaab that comes from Turkish (is it from kap or do you have another word for it?). In Persian it is used mainly for "frame".
     

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